Minutes from Residents Public Meeting Saturday 18th January 2020 10.30am at Slades Park Pavilion
Meeting opened at 10.35am.
Chairperson informed the residents of the evacuation procedures.
Apologies: Carole and Terence Earle, Peter Herbert, Kathy Moore
Jacqui Vallard, Nicky and David Howard.
Apologies from the Police Neighbourhood team, no one is available to attend the meeting due to the current shift patterns
Previous minutes were not agreed. Will approve at the next meeting.
No matters arising from the previous meeting.
Chairman proposed that from July that the meetings to start at 10.00am instead of 10.30am.
Residents present agree for future meetings, from Sturday 25th July 2020, will start at 10.00am
Chairman Introduced Mayor Cllr Susan Phillips and Cllr Nigel Hedges for Ward Councillors report. And thanked the Mayor for her attendance today
The wishes for a ‘happy new year’ and continued contact over the Christmas period was greatly appreciated by your ward Councillors.
Thank you for thinking of us.
ISSUES (in no particular order):
Egregious parking at the top of Vicarage Road – this continues perpetrated by the carpet store on the corner of Ensbury park Road. Parking & Enforcement have now nearly three dozen pictures of pavement parking and other ‘seeming’ infringements’ putting our residents, school children and local blind people at risk. I have made it clear now up to BCP Executive Director Level that I am unhappy and impatient.
However , it has been proposed even aside from the CIL monies ( still delayed ! ) that bicycle racks could be installed on these corners quickly and cheaply so I am pushing for that solution.
works to be started 27th January 2020 , so success !
I have included Oswald Road in that ‘campaign’ and will continue to push both Residents/Parents’ issues with vigour Cutting of hedges : Forsyth Gardens and Acres Road.
Again, unbelievable delay in any ‘action’.
There are mitigating factors in Acres Road still to be untangled……but Forsyth Gardens sees demands and support for the cutting of Bock 1’s hedging by Councillors , Residents , Housing Manager Kinson Hub , Conservative PCC Candidate and the local NPT Police Sargent.
It is astounding that again , some of these issues are taking over six months even without general elections and other larger international issues.
- Yellow Lines : there is now more than one consultation for yellow lining along corners of Ensbury Avenue (which have been requested by Councillors since before one of us was elected!) – the “sight line” issue is the main driver for reducing risk in this area.
P16 – Ensbury Avenue BH10 4EU Waiting prohibited at any time on the northern side extend the double yellow lines 15 metres around the junction with Slades Farm Road and Cornish
Victoria Park Road: has new proposals too but this is being resisted by residents. Traffic queues back from the Y Junction leading to the Boundary Road lights but it’s the cars turning right that hold back the parents at school times.
Councillors will support the objections and the Road safety Team are already aware of the Residents’ efforts to stop this scheme.
Objection to P16 2018 Victoria Park Road no waiting proposal
WINTON HIGH STREET PROPOSALS:
A meeting has already been held and I have reported back some details to some Residents’ who had previously expressed concerns about ‘their high street’. The proposals concern improving the public realm, greater pedestrian safety and a ‘greening’ of the area.
It does not seem to cover day-to-day cleansing issues. Councillors have asked the Streets Team about the ‘street operatives’ ( hand carts and brushes ) and how they work for an outsourced company and what rounds/duties they are expected to perform.
WE will feed back more detail at the next meeting.
“Our vision is for an overall shared scheme with defined walkways and roadways.”
We would like WHS to be greener.
We would like a focal point of Winton (Heart, Centre-point).
We would like street furniture to be moved to create a more generous pedestrian space, for community activities.
We feel the design needs to make WHS safer for people to cross the road. The vision is for a more permeable roadway between the two pavement walkways where people might cross and cross between different shops and different cafes via controlled and uncontrolled crossings.
There needs to be more places to sit. We would also like to consider multi-purpose Street furniture. We would like to create a community environment where people might like to sit outside cafes.
Art which is relevant and meaningful to the locality is very important to this scheme. Artwork and installations need to be integrated into and layered into the environment/culture and not add-ons. We would like to leave gaps for artists to do street art, create interest and add to the sense of place.
The pavement should be improved and be consistent.
Traffic calming should be considered.
We are open to the idea of closing some side roads.
Material selections need to be sustainable.
We would like a calm environment where cyclists and pedestrians interact in a safer way. This could be achieved via design solutions which encourage co-operative behaviour across the public realm / street scene.
We would like to improve the street lighting to create a warmer feel. We would like to consider light up of some of the architectural features. We would like lighting to contribute both to the sense of place and to the sense of safety.
We would like to ensure that there is access to changing facilities and toilets for diverse communities accessing WHS.
Parking should not be increased but it needs to be in the right place.
Bus stops need to be positioned in the right place. We would like to be easier for people to use bus stops and access buses. There are particular spaces where this is difficult for example the post office.
Consideration could be given to the provision of electric charging points for cars in some of the car parks.
Councillors are asking through the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade if any Winton Businesses are involved at this stage. I am sure a Residents’ Group would also be able to contribute……
- LEAF MULCH : the usual calls from Residents concerning leaf build up around drains leading to blocking and flooding have been light but regular as the Council’s schedule often sees clearances very shortly after the reports – which shows amazing alacrity and efficiency….with 1m trees in Bournemouth alone , that’s a lot of leaves.
Norton Road and Firs Glen Road have had visits and reports in from Councillors in recent weeks.
- Residents from Forsyth Gardens have asked for lighting in, around and across Slades Park. The Talbot Village Trust and the Universities have been having discussions with BCP Conservation Officers about lighting the better and ever improving pathways across the woods there and Councillors are involved in asking for progress.
The 3G floodlit football pitches ( Active Dorset and BU ) have just been opened behind the school(s) so more activity and more light sees a less safe haven for those who have ASB intentions. Our gallant Residents (unofficial ‘park guardians’) and our intrepid dog walkers are vigilant and most appreciated sentinels reporting to the authorities usually quite quickly anything that seems amiss.
The new Pavilion here too seems to have helped see a reduction of activities needing reporting.
- Graffiti on the bridge – the Council dedicated graffiti removal team attend to remove the graffiti
Questions that arose at the meeting;
- Is there a schedule to clear drains from the leaves? The council will work around the borough to clear drains when the leave fall has finished.
- The path between the two buildings in the park: will this be reinstated? This is still being discussed, no answer at present.
- Improved lighting in Slades Farm Park – Discussions are taking place on how best to do this, but it will take time.
- There was a long discussion on the parking issues within the ward, one particular area was the Yellow lines consultation as stated by the ward councillors – Agencies are doing all they can to encourage other forms of transport to reduce car journeys, such as, Beryl Bikes and Buses.
- Wallisdown Road – Councillors went through the Wallisdown road development, the pathways, cycle lane and Boundary Road roundabout.
The Chairperson thanked the Ward Councillors
Cllr Phillips informed residents that the next Crime Prevention meeting will be held on 11th February 2020, 2.30pm at Ensbury Park Library, Columbia Road.
Amanda Nicholls – Communities Team, BCP Council, informed residents about a new consultation for the community engagement Strategy. The communities’ team are visiting all 33 wards across BCP to ensure we reach a variety of residents, businesses etc.
Ensuring that everybody in our diverse communities has the opportunity to get involved and help shape and influence council services in their local area is a priority for BCP Council.
We’d really like your views on draft Community Engagement and Consultation Principles we have put together to show how we plan to engage and consult with our communities. We’d also like to find out how you currently get involved with BCP Council and what would encourage you to have your say. This is so we can offer a range of ways for you to get involved.
We also ask about your local area identity, what existing local groups you’re aware of and what could work better, so we can consider what arrangements may be needed across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Once we have heard your views through the consultation, we will draft the Community Engagement and Consultation Strategy to reflect this, so your views will make a difference.
Paper copies can be found in all BCP Libraries, or the survey can be completed online.
Hope for Food – Hope for Food is a local charity based in Bournemouth set up and run entirely by Volunteers.
We also distribute surplus food that is regularly donated by Marks and Spencer Castlepoint and Westbourne, Waitrose Winton, Co-op, Greggs, and Pret a Manger. On top of this we also have a number of local businesses that donate food when they can.
We serve between 65 and 85 clients each session. Our principal aim is to ensure that homeless and disadvantaged people in Bournemouth get some hot food and drinks each week, throughout the year, whatever the weather conditions.
We will attend the next forum meeting to explain our work in more details, but here is the website https://www.hopeforfood.org.uk/
Prama Life and Hope in the Community – Tess Champion
The projects aim is to reduce loneliness and Isolation, they work with churches to raise people awareness of what is happening in communities. Churches have over 100 activities in our communities and during the holidays there are activities with lunches for about £5.00.
- At the last census 18% of Bournemouth population were 65+ (16.4%)
- Nearly 6100 residents are over 85-year-old
- Age UK say that 10% of over 65s are lonely (around 3,600 for Bournemouth), one third over 75s usually spend more than 12 hours a day on their own, 40% of older people in the UK say that their TV is their main company
- Three quarters of over 65s say they would find it hard to admit being lonely as they do not want to be a burden.
- This is why – ‘the thought of making a new friend is daunting’, ‘loneliness is horrible, it’s changed me’, of course I’m lonely, I don’t like living alone, ‘the television is my friend, but lately it is awful’, I had one week where I did not see a soul’, there is not enough to live for’.
- It is very hard to get lonely people to integrate.
- There are churches all over Bournemouth
- They have resources and equipment
- We are aiming to encourage churches to work together to save everyone’s time
- Raising awareness of what they do. 40 churches – 100 groups
- There is nothing in this ward yet, but have Kinson
- We need your feedback and ideas
- We want to work with individuals and other organisations
- Have dementia friends and dementia friends
David Sidwick, PCC Candidate – He expressed the chance to help improve the Dorset Police Force with the government’s intention to increase the police personnel over the next 3 years.
The Chairman Thanked everyone for coming along today.